Sindisile Mbobo on having a positive change through fashion

Winner of this year’s African Fashion International’s Fastrack programme Sindisile Mbobo, with his label Name Brand, plans to build a purpose-driven brand. For him, clothing is the medium through which he can make a positive impact on people’s lives, by focusing on functionality and problem solving as the foundation for his designs. I interviewed him…

René Scheibenbauer’s designs focus on making emotions tactile

Austrian womenswear designer René Scheibenbauer’s name should be on the lips of fashion aficionados not only because he is a graduate of the extraordinarily well regarded Central Saint Martins, which can boast to have nurtured the talent of Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Ticsi and more recently Craig Green, or for the fact that his graduate collection…

‘Iksasa elethu [the future is ours]’ – a zine that highlights African heritage

As with most collaborations, the curiosity that accompanies creativity led Mongezi Mcelu (aka Bambatha Jones) and Lwazi Madonsela (aka Umsindisiwesiko) to work together. Jones uses digital and analog photography to unpack narratives that revolve around the complexities of being a “born-free” and the preservation of black heritage. Umsindisiwesiko is a fashion designer and stylist with…

Fikile Sokhulu // Romantic Ruffles on the Runway

Romantic ruffles reminiscent of love-struck poetic verse and a bygone era stitched up in nostalgia. Reinterpreted in an emboldened form. Young designer Fikile Sokhulu has an aesthetic that has been based on the idea of embracing femininity in women. “Fashion details in the collection are inspired by concept of reflecting femininity in the type of…

FiveHead Studio – new generation content creation

In 2016 during her first year at LISOF, Reneilwe Masekoameng had a vision for a space that would allow creative collaboration between herself and her friends, as well as allow each person to showcase their individual talent. Getting caught up in all of life’s flows, the idea fell to the wayside. However, a seed had…

Viviers’ Unfold AW19 // A tender weaving between paradoxes

The Shokunin spirit of Japan will always be a part of me. It means craftsmanship; however, it is much more than that. One of the essential things is to make something for the joy of making it, and to do it carefully, beautifully, and to your utmost best of your ability. Shokunin is an attitude and a…

“Love the Progress” by Converse is here to remind you of your personal female power

Recognized as a brand for self-actualization across cultures the world over Converse has seen many interpretations of its iconic sneakers. Their latest campaign “Love the Progress” sees women define what it means to be female brought to light with powerful young females: actress and activist, Millie Bobby Brown, the first hijab ballerina, Stephanie Kurlow, self-defence…

AFTER WORK STUDIO – The Basel based fashion label transforming “sporty” into feminine elegance

The Basel, Switzerland based fashion design label AFTER WORK STUDIO has the transformation of sport silhouettes and their perception in mind. Making use of sporty silhouettes typically associated with cycling, diving and more they similarly use classical design elements that are altered to encapsulate feminine elegance yet retaining their casualness. Fabrics that they are drawn…